Bucks acquire sharpshooting big man Nikola Mirotic in trade with Pelicans

Bucks acquire sharpshooting big man Nikola Mirotic in trade with Pelicans

The Sixers have also made a trade with Toronto for promising third-year swingman Malachi Richardson, in return sending a 2022 second-round pick and draft rights to Turkish swingman Emir Preldžić to the Raptors.

The Pistons traded Johnson to the Bucks on Wednesday for Thon Maker.

Through 48 games played with the Pistons this year, a lot of them coming off the bench, Johnson has averaged 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 38 per cent from the field.

Due to the emergence of Brook Lopez and the NBA's transition to a "position-less" type of basketball, Maker's role has diminished significantly this season.

The Montenegrin is averaging 16.6 points on shooting splits of.447/.368/.842, along with 8.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in his 32 appearances with the Pelicans this season.

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On the other hand Thon Maker arrives from league's leader Milwaukee Bucks, and we can say he wasn't really happy there.

He is a free agent this offseason.

In Johnson, Milwaukee gets an athletic wing player who hasn't quite become the lockdown defender most thought he would be coming out of the University of Arizona, and his shooting percentages have kept him off the floor in closing situations. The Montenegro native has averaged at least 10.0 points per game in each of his five seasons and earned All-Rookie honors following his rookie season in 2014-15.

Milwaukee will host the Washington Wizards tonight, February 6, while the Pistons prepare for the second game of a home & home against the Knicks in Detroit on Friday night. Originally drafted by the Pistons with the eighth overall pick in 2015, Johnson's entry-level contract expires in 2020.

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